Here come the frying pans and the batter – today is Shrove Tuesday. Historically celebrated by Christians around the world, Shrove (or Pancake) Tuesday signifies the beginning of Lent. In the Middle Ages, the Tuesday before Lent was an opportunity for Christians to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness, allowing them to enter Lent (and Easter) with a clean spirit.
After confession, Christians would return home and prepare a feast – typically consisting of pancakes. And today, that tradition continues with Shrove Tuesday, modernly known as Pancake Tuesday.
Pancake Tuesday has now become an opportunity for churches, organizations, and even restaurants to gather patrons for a traditional pancake meal while raising money for worthy causes.
This year, Pancake Tuesday falls on February 25th and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in Oakville and Burlington:
All Sunset Grill franchised restaurants (sunsetgrill.ca) will be offering their annual Pancake Tuesday Fundraiser. All signature buttermilk pancakes will cost only $1 in support of Canadian Cancer Society programs and research. All proceeds from each pancake sold will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
From 11 a.m. through dinner, QB Sports Bar Grill Games (qbsports.com) in Burlington will be serving a delicious all-day pancake breakfast. While you’re there, check out their newly renovated bar or play a friendly game of pool.
Oakville Pump & Patio (theoakvillepump.com) has a special treat for you this Tuesday. Enjoy 5 choices of pancakes (buttermilk, chocolate chip, banana and chocolate, raspberry coulis, or blueberry coulis) during lunch or dinner, served with home fries and choice of bacon or sausage for only $12.99. Yummy!!
Did you know Audi of Oakville (audioakville.ca) has a cafe on-site? This Tuesday at their Quattro Cafe, Audi will be offering $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes.
The Salvation Army Oakville Community Church (225 Rebecca Street, Oakville) is opening its doors for a delicious pancake feast. Enjoy delicious pancakes and help support their Partners In Mission fundraiser, with the focus of The Bahamas, India Central, and Bangladesh.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Burlington (1382 Ontario Street) is hosting their pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February, 25th. Tickets can be purchased at the door (families $20, adults $7 children $5 and lids under 5 are free). Meals include sausages, pancakes, bacon, and ice-cream for dessert.
Join Walton United Church Oakville (2489 Lakeshore Road, West) for their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 25th from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the freewill offering will be donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.
This year, Appleby United Church in Burlington (4407 Spruce Avenue) is celebrating their 17th Annual Appleby Family Pancake Supper. Fest on all-you-can-eat pancakes drizzled with regular or sugar-free syrup and a side of sausages (3 per adult & 2 per child). Remember to leave room for dessert and a drink! $25 for a family of 2 adults + 2 children.
Also, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Matthew On-The-Plains in Burlington (126 Plains Road, East) is hosting a pancake and sausage supper. All proceeds from this free-will offering will go to St. Matthew’s Messy Church and Out 4 Lunch programs.
Yum, yum! Knox Presbyterian Church (89 Dunn Street) in Oakville invites you to celebrate Lent and Easter the best way – with pancakes, sausages and maple syrup. Their Pancake and Sausage Supper is set for Tuesday, February 25th and they would love to have you join them. There are two sittings: One is at 5:30 and the second is at 6:30 p.m. Regardless of when you join it is $6 per person or $12 per family. They will also have pancakes and sausages that are gluten-free.
This is just a dent in Shrove Tuesday offerings. We encourage you to contact your local church for other opportunities to partake in these celebrations.